Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is partnered with Jet Propulsion Laboratory / California Institute of Technology (JPL) and United Space Alliance (USA) to develop and mature a space logistics simulation framework based on extending the considerable body of knowledge in supply chain management (SCM) to NASA's exploration objectives. Payload Systems Inc. is a certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) assists MIT in running the project on a day-to-day basis.

Team Member Background

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Nationally, MIT is ranked first among academic institutions in both aeronautics & astronautics and in supply-chain-management (U.S. News & World Report 2004). We are bringing to bear this unique combination in conjunction with our partners at NASA and USA to provide a theoretical and practical foundation for interplanetary supply-chain-management. Within MIT the project is anchored in the Engineering Systems Division, a unit founded in 1999 focused on complex systems research and the MIT Aero-Astro Department.

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory

JPL is a Federal Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), an operating division of the California Institute of Technology. JPL efforts in space logistics have been focused on support of the Space Station Freedom and International Space Station programs. For over 20 years, JPL has developed and maintained a predictive model for Station logistics costs, spares and consumables upmass/downmass, and crew hours for maintenance. The model has been supported by the ISSPO, IPAO, and NASA HQ.

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United Space Alliance

USA manages and conducts space operations work, involving the operation and maintenance of multi-purpose space systems associated with NASA's human space flight program, Space Shuttle applications beyond those of NASA, and other launch and orbital systems beyond the Space Shuttle and Space Station. USA is the primary industrial partner on the project.

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Payload Systems Inc.
(now Aurora Flight Sciences)

Payload Systems Inc., a registered Small Disadvantaged Business, has a unique corporate charter to provide superlative science and engineering services in support of spaceflight research, exploration, and discovery. Since its inception in 1984, Payload Systems has developed or contributed significantly to the development of dozens of successful spaceflight systems.

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